Who doesn’t love checking out things along Route 66… if you’re in Tulsa, it’s worth the 45-minute drive to check out this amazing example of visionary art, Ed Galloway’s Totem Pole Park.
This awesome, free, outdoor gallery is the oldest and largest example of a folk art environment in Oklahoma. It took Galloway between 1937 and 1961 to complete the 11 objects and 1 building that you’ll find here. The main focal point is a 90-foot-tall totem pole; it took 9 years just to create this piece! Galloway had to rely on his community, as neighbors began sharing leftover paint and building materials so he could complete the piece. How cool!
There’s parking on site, and a packed gravel-and-dirt path that connects the pieces of artwork. I felt best using my FreeWheel so I could go through the grassy areas as well and explore every side of the pieces.
If you’re ready to check out Totem Pole Park yourself, head to 21300 OK-28 A in Chelsea, Oklahoma!